Journal article

Restricted entitlements for skilled temporary migrants: the limits of migrant consent

Martina Boese, Kate Macdonald

Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2017


Temporary labour migration programmes have often attracted significant controversy, particularly with regard to provisions that restrict the social entitlements available to temporary migrant workers, compared with other categories of residents. Advocates of such restrictions have argued that migrants freely choose to participate in temporary migration schemes on the prevailing terms, and are free to leave at any time if such participation no longer serves their interests. Our central goal in this paper is to critically evaluate such consent-based justifications for restricted social entitlements of temporary migrant workers, with reference to empirical evidence concerning the practical soci..

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